Now in paperback! Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson offer in this text a sympathetic introduction to twentieth-century theology and a critical survey of its significant thinkers and movements. Of particular interest is their attempt to show how twentieth-century theology has moved back and forth between two basic concepts: God's immanence and God's transcendence.
Their survey profiles such towering figures in contemporary theology as Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Jurgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg. It critiques significant movements like neo-orthodoxy, process theology, liberation theology and theology of hope. And it assesses recent developments in feminist theology, black theology, new Catholic theology, narrative theology and evangelical theology. An indispensable handbook for anybody interested in today's theological landscape.
"Clear and even-handed. . . . Conservative readers will find this a challenging introduction to the theological discussion, but they will be heartened by its judgments. Liberal readers will contest some of its assumptions, but they will respect its full engagement with alternatives."
"An outstanding introduction: its explanations are lucid and its coverage is comprehensive."
INTRODUCTION: Transcendence and Immanence and Modern Theological History
1. THE ENLIGHTENMENT: The Shattering of the Classical Balance
2. THE RECONSTRUCTION OF TRANSCENDENCE: Immanence in Nineteenth-Century Theology
G. W. F. Hegel
Albrecht Ritschl and Classical Liberal Theology
3. THE REVOLT AGAINST IMMANENCE: Transcendence in Neo-orthodoxy
4. THE DEEPENING OF IMMANENCE: Reformulations of the Liberal Tradition
5. IMMANENCE WITHIN THE SECULAR: The Radical Movement
6. THE TRANSCENDENCE OF THE FUTURE: The Theology of Hope
7. THE RENEWAL OF IMMANENCE IN THE EXPERIENCE OF OPPRESSION: Liberation Theologies
Black Liberation Theology
Latin American Liberation Theology
8. THE TRANSCENDENCE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT: The New Catholic Theology
9. TRANSCENDENCE WITHIN THE STORY: Narrative Theology
10. REAFFIRMING THE BALANCE: Evangelical Theology Coming of Age
Carl F. H. Henry
CONCLUSION: Past Contributions and Future Prospects in the Quest for a Theology of Transcendence and Immanence
Author and Name Index